According to the EPA, 91.3% of plastic is never recycled1 and is destined for landfills or being incinerated. This is a scary thought, especially considering that it is estimated that last year over 380 MILLION TONS of plastic were produced2. With numbers like this, it’s easy for us to picture items like bottles and jugs as being the culprit, but we often forget about materials such as film laminations which are a large contributor to this “plastic problem.”
For decades the book industry has resorted to using laminates such as these to strengthen their jackets, making them strong enough to withstand the stresses of shipping, stocking, and home life. This additional laminate not only renders the jacket unrecyclable it also adds a considerable amount of plastic to the production process, much of it being trimmed and discarded.